John F. Kennedy was assassinated by men who received money from the late
billionaire H.L. Hunt, claims the former number one aide to the Texas oil tycoon.
But, said John W. Curington — Hunt’s special assistant for 12 years — Hunt did
not mastermind the killing. ‘Tt was a_ mistake. Right-wing Hunt followers knew he hated
Kennedy and they thought they were doing what Hunt wanted.”
Breaking his silence for the first time in an exclusive ENQUIRER interview, Curington linked
Hunt to key figures in the assassination with these startling revelations:
• The day before Lee Harvey Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby at Dallas police headquarters, Hunt
ordered Curington to spy on police security surrounding Oswald — and was “elated” to learn it was lax.
• Several weeks after JFK’s death, Oswald’s wife Marina was seen leaving the elevator that served
Hunt’s executive office.
• Later, the billionaire confided to top aides that he knew there was a conspiracy to kill Kennedy.
None of these facts has ever been brought to light despite years of
probing by the FBI, Secret Service, police, Congressional committees
and the Warren Conunission.
Curington, 49, who from 1957 to 1969 wielded enormous power as the
right-hand man of the eccentric, right-wing, Kennedy-hating Hunt, told The
ENQUIRER: “An gazing group of political parasites was drawn to Hunt
because of his radical right-wing views. These people were often working
class Americans. They were not employees. in the Hunt organization but they
were paid in cold hard cash with Hunt moneys to promote his views.
“They were members of right-wing groups like the John Birch Society,
Liberty Lobby and the KKK in New York, Washington, Dallas and other places
where they .distributed propaganda, reported on alleged Communist figures
and wrote letters to the editor for publication in various newspapers.”
When Hunt bankrolled * these people, he gave Curington and other top
aides bundles of cash up to $40,000 whiph were passed to lower aides who
then ^tnbuted the cash to fringe right-wing radicals outside of the Hunt
organization, said Curington. “One thSig was certain — Hunt didn’t want
any receipts so that the money could be traced to him. There was a com-
plete lack of control over how it was spent.
“Hunt became quite accessible by phone to certain fringe right-wingers.
He Raveled a great deal and met many of them while others would write
to him and he sometimes gave them his special unlisted phone number.’*
By early 1960. Hunt went all out against Kennedy. “H.L. very much did
not want Kennedy elected President and did everything he could to keep
him from being elected,” recalled religious TV personality Dr. W.A. Cris-
weU, a close Hunt friend and pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas,
the largest Baptist con-
gregation in the U.S.
Said Curington: “Hunt
was often heard by top
aides and followers to say
that America would be
much better off without
“But these Hunt follow-
ers overreacted. Believing
they were acting on Hunt’s
veiled instructions, they
set out to eliminate Ken-
nedy — literally.
“I’m convinced Oswald
was a third-string parasite
who was brought in to help ®*i*:*®S^**^^
in the whole affair.”
To back up his belief, Curington re-*
cently turned over to the FBI a copy
of a letter that he’s convinced was
written by Oswald to H.L. Hunt. After
questioning Curington for several
hours, the FBI made the letter public.
'The handwritten letter — dated Nov.
«aad»amaaon — states: “Dear Mr
Hunt, I would like information con-
cenpg my position. I am asking only
for information. I am suggesting that
we discuss the matter fully ^fore
^ r®” anyone
® Tnl Lee Harvey Oswald.”
Three handwriting analysts — ^
certified with the International Grap^
oan^^ysis Society — concluded that it
IS the authentic writing of Lee Har-
vey Oswald and was written ••
Smd Cunn^n, who is writing a
^k a^ut his years with Hunt: “I
Knew H.L. Hunt intimately for 12
years and I had access to confidential
information. I’m convinced that Hunt
X Muenced the assassina.
tion of John F. Kennedy.”
-rae suspicion of a link between Hunt
and the assassination struc k Curing-
ton's eyes immediately af-
ter JFK was slain. Curing-
“The day after Oswald
was arrested I was called
urgently to Hunt's office.
Hunt told me he wanted to
find out what security
measures surrounded Os-
wald at the Dallas police
headquarters and city jail.
“I was an attorney and it
just so happened on that
very day a woman who did
ironing for my family had
asked my help because her
husband had been arrested
for driving while intoxi-
cated and so that gave me a perfect
official excuse for being at the police
“While the police were interrogating
Oswald, 1 walked in and out of the
station three times. I was
never stopped or challenged
and the briefcase which I car-
ried was never searched —
even when I ended up on the
same elevator with Oswald
and a policeman. Oswald had
blood trickling from the cor-
ner of his mouth and a bloody
Band-Aid on his forehead. I
assumed he had been ‘worked
over' by the police.
JACK RUBY SHOOTS Lee Har-
vey Oswald at Dallas police head-
quarters. The day before. Hunt
was ''elated'' when he heard se-
curity for Oswald was lax.
why be wanted the report. I never
questioned his orders — I just car-
ried them out.*'
The next morning Jack Ruby walk-
ed into the police station and shot Os-
wald to death.
(Curington was the attorney for the
man ch^ged with drunk driving and
appeared at the police station on Nov.
22, 1963, The ENQUIRER confirmed
after checking police records and talk-
ing to relatives of the man.)
A few weeks after the shooting Cur-
ington found another suspicious con-
nection between Hunt and the assassi-
nation. “It was a Saturday and I met
H.L. at his office in down-
town Dallas. He told me to
lock up all the executive of-
fices and then go to the
ground floor and stop any-
one — including staff — from
using the elevators which
went up to the executive of-
“I saw no one come in. All
other offices were closed.
Then an elevator that serves
I could have easily killed the executive suite came
— - Morina Oswold .
him right then. During my
visits to the station, I took all the
time I needed to see where the ex-
its, desk clerks, elevators and guards
“Late that night Hunt insisted I
give him a full report of what I had
seen inside the station, particularly
the elevators which brought prisoners
down from the holding cells.
“I told Hunt there was no security
around Qswald. Hunt was. delighted.
He weg.^^t^. Rut he never tpld me
down. A woman walked out.
It was Marina Oswald. I have no
doubt in my mind.
“I watched her get into a waiting
car and a man drove her away."
When contacted by The ENQUIRER
at her home 40 miles from Dallas,
Marina, who has since remarried,
emphatically denied she had ever vis-
ited H.L. Hunt. “I don’*t think I've
ever met Mr. Hunt and I certainly
never visited, his offices,*/ she said.
P/e?pite her denial, Cm?ngton is .con-
vinced that the woman he saw was
Marina. “I believe Hunt summoned
her to find out what, if anything, Os-
wald had told her. Also Hunt could’ve
been questioning her about Oswald's
letter to him. Hunt, always considered
himself skilled at interrogating people,
and he could’ve very easily arranged
the meeting personally. There were
times when he didn’t trust anyone
When the Warren Commission was
established, Hunt made sure he knew
its every move, said Curington.
“H.L. was very interest^ in the
Warren Commission investigation," he
said. “We had an intelligence system
set up so that we received dally re-
ports from Washington on the commis-
In 1967, said Curington, Hunt told
his senior aides he knew there was a
conspiracy to assassinate JFK and
that Osw^d did not act alone.
Hunt stressed this belief during a
remarkable conversation with several
top aides four years after the assassi-
nation, confirmed Walter Tabaka, 56,
a Washington lobbyist for Hunt for
nine years. Tabaka recall^:
“One of us suggested to Hunt that
he put up a $100,000 reward for any
information leading to the Kennedy
assassination. Hunt said, 'If I do that
I’ll be a marked man within 48 hours.’
“I said, ‘Mr. Hunt, do you mean
there was a conspiracy?’ His two
words were: ‘sure was.* ”
Curington told ’ The ENQUIRER:
“This was confirmation for me that
Hunt didn’t just think there was a con-
spiracy — he knew.
“H.L. Hunt was a great patriot who
believed what he was doing was right
for America. It's so sad to think that
his views were distorted by a few
right-wingers who plunged America
— WILLIAM DICK and KEN POTTEK
Key statements of John W. Curington were Jn-
deperidentiy analyzed by two experts usirw the
truth-detecting Psychological Stress Evaluator
(PSE), a device so reliobfe thot PSE results have
been used In legal proceedings or accepted os
court evidence In 14 states.
The experts — Charles R. McQuisfon, co-lnven-
tor of the PSE, ond Dorothy Kuhorsky, of Verl-
metrlcs Corp., In Miomi — carefully orwlyzed
Curington's remarks, including his statements that
right-wingers overreacted to H.L. Hunt^s hatred
of John F. Kennedy, that on Hunt's orders Cur-
ington checked police securi^ surrounding Lee
Harvey Oswald ond thot Curington did see
"I charted the entire Interview ond In my opin-
ion what he (Curington) said he believed to
be the truth," said Miss Kuhorsky. Added McQuis-
ton: "I eor^luged that he is telling the truth.
He dispibyea no abnormal ‘ stress in stating the
focts as bgifMe^|he»TK"V« . • .* • j
BREAKS SILENCE: John W. Cur-
ington, H.L. Hunt's special assis-
tant for 12 years, says JFK's kill-
ers "thought they were doing what
Hunt wanted." In background is
Dealey Plaza in Dallas, where
President Kennedy was shot.